About Us

This is our “office”. Garden Island with the calm waters of the Adelaide Dolphin Sanctuary in the background.

We enjoy sharing great paddling adventures with you so come and join us soon…we know you will have a lot of fun and exploring this area and our other great locations by kayak and Standup Paddle Board (SUP). Our tours, hire and lessons are such a unique way to explore South Australia’s great coastal waters and rivers..

Phillip Doddridge

The owner/operator of Adventure Kayaking SA. I’ve been paddling, coaching athletes and introducing active adventurers to the joys of kayaking for 30 years. I was one of the first  Advanced Sea Instructors in SA and recently added Exposed Waters SUP Instructor. My joy has been spending my life to now exploring Australia’s spectacular coastal waters by kayak, sailing boat, windsurfer, surfboard, SUP and SCUBA. My kayaking adventure log includes experience in all parts of Australia, Europe, and Asia. Personal favourites include several crossings of the notorious Bass Strait, visiting The Neptune Islands (famous location for film footage on “JAWS”), first expedition from Coffin Bay to Port Lincoln, exploration of the Sir Joseph Banks Islands and numerous crossings to Kangaroo Island. I am also a Bachelor of Education with 30 years of  experience teaching secondary students.

Pippa Holt

Pippa has been with AKSA since the beginning. In raising three adventurous children she has travelled the world exploring mountains, rivers and jungles. Pippa has been a member of the Management Board of the Adelaide Dolphin Sanctuary and brings a wealth of knowledge to her tours as well as a lot of fun.

Tyler nield

Growing up in country South Australia, I have always had a huge appreciation of the outdoors. I am an aspiring Outdoor Education teacher, completing a Masters in Education at UNISA. I began learning about Outdoor Education in high school and have developed a true understanding of the importance of getting outdoors through my studies. I love working with people, especially sharing my love of the outdoors, environment and most of all KAYAKING and SUP!!


Lauren is a part-time kayak guide and part-time writer. Her background is in science journalism, but she fell in love with paddling while living in a rainforested archipelago in British Columbia, Canada, where she went on to lead multi-day kayak expeditions through remote islands and dramatic fjords. Now back home in Adelaide, she splits her time between guiding tours in the Adelaide Dolphin Sanctuary and writing about the natural world.



Growing up along the South Australian coastline I was surrounded by outdoor adventure and loved being immersed in nature. I am the youngest member of the Adventure Kayaking Team, completing Year 12 in 2019 and receiving the DUX award for Outdoor Education and a Merit for Outdoor Education. I am currently studying to become an Outdoor Education Teacher at Flinders University. I love sharing my love of the the outdoors with others, particularly rock climbing, surfing, skiing, bushwalking and most of all kayaking!


Elise is a teacher, coxswain and outdoor guide originally from Jamestown. After a background in river rowing, Elise had had enough of going backwards, and took up sea kayaking in 2013. She paddled with an all-female team across the North coast of Tasmania, Wilson’s Prom, and crossing the gulfs of South Australia. After university, Elise worked as a snow photographer at Perisher, a shark cage diving guide in Port Lincoln, and an adventure fitness guide on Magnetic Island, QLD. Returning to Adelaide to kayak in the Adelaide Dolphin Sanctuary is the perfect fit for Elise’s passions of: 1.getting people outdoors, 2. getting them physically active and 3. educating them about the importance of our amazing environment! 





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